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Michaella McCollum (l) has reportedly caught a tropical disease in Peru’s Ancon 2 prison (r)

McCollum, 23, is half of the Peru Two duo who were caught trying to smuggle cocaine out of Lima airport in 2013. She admitted drug smuggling charges along with Melissa Reid, also 23, and has been locked up in a series of grim prisons since.

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McCollum, of Dungannon, County Tyrone, is part way through a sentence of six years and eight months in the Ancon 2 prison near Lima.

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The two, pictured leaving court after their sentences in 2013, are hoping to move to UK jails

She, along with Reid, from near Glasgow, was hoping to be transferred to a UK prison soon under new Peruvian laws. But, according to a report, McCollum has been struck down by an unspecified tropical disease.

A fellow inmate told the newspaper that McCollum is being treated in the hospital wing of the women’s prison.

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McCollum and second drugs mule Melissa Reid are locked up in Ancon 2, pictured

The unnamed prisoner told the Irish Daily Star: “Michaella has been brought to the hospital in the prison. She has a tropical illness but we don’t know what it is.

“We really hope she is ok. This illness is pretty regular in here, especially with the foreigners.”

Ancon 2 houses around 200 foreign inmates, mostly drug convicts, along with Peruvian natives.

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McCollum and Melissa Reid (r) are pictured during their arrest at Lima airport

The prison is said to have better hygiene than many overcrowded and crumbling Peruvian jails but still had cases of disease. McCollum insists that the smuggled drugs 25lbs of cocaine found in the lining of the pair’s suitcases were planted there by gang bosses who were taking advantage of her. The two had been living a party lifestyle on the Spanish island of Ibiza, and were flying back there when they were stopped at Lima airport.

But she and Reid pleaded guilty to knowingly smuggling the drugs, for which they were given the minimum sentence under Peruvian law. Had they fought the case and been found guilty they could have been locked up for 15 years. The two had hoped to be back in the UK to finish their sentences in British jails under a prisoner transfer deal.

But both inmates are still in the South American nation due to a bureaucratic hold-up.

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Two men arrested after Newry shootings

Detectives in Newry, investigating two shootings1 in the city on Wednesday evening, have arrested two men.

Two Men Arrested After Newry ShootingsThe first incident took place at around midnight in Sandys Street, when a man called to the door of a house, and following a verbal altercation, shot a 32 year old man in the leg. In the second incident, a 32 year old man reported that he had been taken from a house at Ardfield Avenue in Warrenpoint sometime between midnight and 1am, by four masked men, put into a dark coloured car and driven to the Armagh Road in Newry where he was then shot in the leg. A blue Volkswagen Passat car was stopped by police in Dungannon yesterday and two men were arrested by police in connection with both shootings.

A 28 year old man and 26 year old man were arrested for kidnapping, attempted murder and possession of a firearm. The 28 year old has been released on bail and the 26 year old remains in custody.

Speaking to Newry Times, Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander, Superintendent Simon Walls said, We believe the incidents, which occurred in Sandys Street and Armagh Road in Newry, may be linked.

We would like to hear from anyone who has information which may assist our investigation. Detectives in Newry can be contacted on 101, quoting ref: 46 170915.

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Care home worker admits assaulting resident

Care Home Worker Admits Assaulting Resident

A CARE home worker from Castlederg has admitted assaulting a female resident of the facility at which he was employed. Appearing before East Tyrone Magistrates Court was Terence Whittenham McCann (49) from Churchtown Park, Castlederg who committed the offence at Dungannon Care Home on June 20. He is understood to have been suspended by his employers as soon as the alarm was raised.

District Judge John Meehan said he required pre-sentence reports and ordered McCann to co-operate fully as part of his bail, or face arrest. He is also barred from entering the care home premises or contacting any resident or their families directly or indirectly. Bail was set at 300 and he is to return for sentencing in September.

Posted: 9:55 am August 28, 2015